You may need this licence if you intend to operate a Remotely Piloted
Aircraft (RPA) for commercial, government or research purposes. Commercial
purposes are any purpose that is not recreational or sporting. For example, RPA
used for recreational or sporting purposes may include model aircraft, remote
controlled aeroplanes and helicopters, rockets, kites and some drones.
You will not need this licence if you intend to operate a very small RPA weighing
less than 2kg for commercial purposes. Instead, you will need to notify the
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at least five days before the first
You may not need this licence if you are a private landowner and intend to
carryout commercial-like operations on your land with a small RPA weighing less
than 25kg and where none of the parties involved receive remuneration.
If you intend to operate an RPA that weighs more than 25kg you will need a
Remote Pilot Licence (RePL).
You must comply with the standard operating conditions regardless of the
purpose or type of RPA operated.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To receive this licence you will need to:
- obtain a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL)
- complete an
Application for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Operator?s Certificate (OC)
- complete and
submit supporting documentation including your Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems RPAS operations manual and RPAS
- be assessed
and interviewed by a CASA inspector.
Upon certification, RPA Operators Certificates (ReOC) are valid for an initial twelve months, requiring
the operator to renew after one year of operating. Upon renewal, ReOCs
are then valid for three years.
As of August 2016, the expected certification process takes approximately eighty working days from receipt of payment.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
Civil Aviation Act 1988 (Australian Government)
Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Australian Government)
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